Friday, August 12, 2016

And Now for Something Different: "The Surprising Truth About False Teachers" and More

The Surprising Truth About False Teachers

The question is not whether you ever hear the voice of false teachers. You do — probably every day. The question is whether you can discern which messages are false. Read More

Neo-Monastic’ Church in Arizona Embraces Deep Community

The Village Church in Tucson is a self-described “neo-monastic, mega, house-church.” Read More

8 Characteristics of a 1 Corinthians 12 Church

Many of us grew up in churches where the pastors did most of the work, and few of us were challenged to find our place in the church. These churches weren’t what I call “1 Corinthians 12” churches – churches that understand what it means to be the Body of Christ. Use these markers to determine if your church is a 1 Corinthians 12 church. Read More

7 Vital Components Needed for Church Revitalization to be Effective

In general terms, working with normal church people (whatever normal means in church work) there are components, which I believe need to be in place to see a church revitalize. Read More

PREACHING MATTERS: Preparing to Preach

What are the priorities we need to have in good preaching? Preaching Matters welcomes Simon Manchester this month, asks him what his sermon preparation looks like, and he gives us some examples of why handling the text rightly is so crucial for good preaching. Simon talks to us about being sailors and divers, and preaching Jesus not just the Bible. Click to hear him on these points now, along with his reflections on many years in Bible-teaching ministry. Watch Now

Henry VIII, the Reformation, and the First Authorized Bible

The KJV was not the first English translation authorized by a king. The Great Bible (1539) was authorized by Henry VIII and was supervised by leading Protestant luminaries such as Miles Coverdale. It also rested its translation in large part on those books translated by William Tyndale. It’s legacy was to shape future English bibles, including the KJV itself. Also its legacy will be largely forgotten due to the quirky way Henry VIII viewed the Reformation, as well as the enormous success of the KJV a century later. Read More

6 Surprising Ideas the KJV Translators Had about Other Bible Translations

It is interesting that the KJV translators themselves had particular ideas about translations other than their own, and they lay out their views clearly and forcefully in the published Preface of the original edition of their eloquent translation. Ironically, their views are very different from those who champion their translation today. So here are 6 ideas the KJV translators had about other translations of the Bible. Read More

Religious freedom: 3 ways Christianity threatens dictatorships repressive regimes fear religious freedom so much? There are three reasons. Read More

5 countries where you might not know that Christians face persecution

This week's report from the US Department of State on International Religious Freedom found that three-quarters of the world's population live in countries where religious freedom is severely restricted. Many of the worst places for Christians to live in the world are well known – North Korea, China, Iraq and Somalia, for example. However there are a number of countries that don't make the news so often, but can be difficult places for Christians to live. Read More

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